2005 York Creek "Madrone" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1259352

Price: $29.99

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Tasting Notes

After the last few years I think just about everyone has heard us pontificating about just how good, and how insanely inexpensive, the York Creek wines are. Luckily for us and our thirsty customers Fritz Maytag kept deep cellars over the years and still has plenty of wine for us to sell. After the rousing success of past vintages we just keep reloading because the wines are that good and you keep asking us for more. Our latest find is a horizontal of sorts with all three wines coming from the great 2005 vintage. We have two single block Cabernets and a rarity in and aged Petit Verdot. These wines were all made by Fritz himself and are appropriate for drinking now or cellaring for another few years. One side note: there are between 60-90 cases each of these and if history tells us anything these will be gone in a matter of days if not hours. Act fast. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

Staff Reviews

  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    6/24/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2005 Madrone is maybe the most “mountainy” of the three current York Creek wines with notes of fresh mint, Porcini mushroom, hazelnuts and lots of scrub brush over a well of dried red currants. White this wine may sound a little rugged, it is anything but once on the palate, with very feminine and soft flavors of clay, blueberry, violet and tobacco. Seamless and fully realized, with a long complex finish of lifted red berries, cigar tobacco and sweet licorice, this is a wine that is at the peak of its drinking window.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    6/17/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Classic Cab from Spring Mountain...York Creek yet again providing insane value for money in perfectly mature, stylish Napa Cab. This is one of my favorites that we've had from York Creek - "Madrone" - combining richness and concentration with just the right amount of structure and some true varietal character. Drinking great now but still has plenty left in the tank for another 5-10 years of cellaring.
    Top Value!
  • Kyle Kurani
    By: Kyle Kurani
    6/16/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Another amazing bottle of Spring Mountain Cab that just blows the price-to-quality ratio to smithereens. At 11 years old this wine is just entering a beautiful drinking window that will be open for a long time. Deep and brooding, the smells of the forest waft out of the glass--cedar and loam, hints of cassis and spearmint. The palate is both lush and powerful. Dark notes of licorice and dried plum, a chewy and dense core deliver the wine with a wonderfully textured mouthfeel. Another hit in a long line of great wines from York Creek.
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    6/15/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Fresh green bell pepper, oyster mushrooms, boysenberry and even some savory tobacco notes show up to the party as well. The '05 York Creek "Madrone" is both woodsy and delicious; and frankly, it's an absolute steal at $29.99. If you're on the hunt for a mature wine from a respected producer at a reasonable price point, look no further than this bad boy.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    6/15/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    The 05 York Creek Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon seems to be just beginning to hit its stride. Dark fruits with hints of green notes opens up to a palate with great poise, freshness, and tight currant fruit. While it is still perhaps just a hint on the early side for my taste, it still tastes great and shows promise for further bottle ageing. This definitely ranks right up there with my favorite York Creek bottlings of the past year.
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    6/7/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Another great selection coming to us from York Creek, this beauty has some bottle age on it already and is ready to drink. Dark, ripe fruit notes with hints of sweet tobacco in the nose lead to a very open and full bodied Cab. The dark berry fruit of this wine is structured by fine, tight tannins and some acid to provide lift and length. One of the best York Creeks I have tasted, and at a very attractive price.

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